Am I the only pedantic grammar nerd?

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  1. Erebus

    Erebus Chillin' With My Peeps

    I seem to be so easily irked and I know that it's my problem and not anyone else's.

    My pet peeve of the day is "[such-and-such] and I".

    I know it's good manners to list others before yourself and that doesn't bother me, but somehow people forget how to use pronouns the moment they are listing things.

    "It belongs to my husband and me."
    This is correct because "It belongs to me. It belongs to my husband."

    "It belongs to I." o_O
    Nobody says that, so why do they say "It belongs to my husband and I?"

    And yet: "Who went to the store?"
    "My husband and I did."
    That's fine because "I did." works and you'd never say "Me did."

    Somebody pat me on the back and tell me "there, there" because if this matters to me so much, then I must live in a sad little world [​IMG]
    I'm going to go cuddle my babies and kitties now and focus on real things [​IMG]
     
  2. Travilah

    Travilah Out Of The Brooder

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    Nope, can't pat you and say "there there" because these are pet peeves of mine as well. [​IMG] Just know you are not alone!

    As well as

    There/their/they're
    Where/were/we're
    Loose/lose
    Your/you're

    The list can get quite long! But I do admit, the I vs me is a tough one - I hear it misused in TV shows all the time.
     
  3. Tylt33

    Tylt33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If those minor grammar issues bother you so significantly, I'm not sure how you maintain your sanity on these boards.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Language is a tool tool communicate with. If you allow yourself to focus excessively on grammar you'll soon find yourself no longer communicating in any meaningful fashion.
     
  5. chickaddict

    chickaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That one doesn't bother me anywhere near as much double negative.

    I don't have nuthin - I didn't do nuthin

    It can be frustrating speaking to people when anything isn't in their vocabulary.
     
  6. Erebus

    Erebus Chillin' With My Peeps

    I try to ignore and I look at content and intent rather than spelling.
    The number of times I have seen the word "waddles" rather than "wattles" could do my head in, but I figure these people know more about the chickens than me so I'm not going to fuss with what they want to call stuff [​IMG]
     
  7. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    A.T. Hagan :

    Language is a tool tool communicate with. If you allow yourself to focus excessively on grammar you'll soon find yourself no longer communicating in any meaningful fashion.​
     
  8. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    Me thinks a we bit of OCD [​IMG] I hear you, it is rather lazy of me because I type worse than I speak. I understand the need for proper grammar... and spelling.
     
  9. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    One of mine is "I seen the truck." I just cringe!

    Hubby also says "that dish needs washed," or "the room needs painted."
     
  10. Erebus

    Erebus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep I hear you. I also have to remind myself that unless someone is writing formally and they are still writing intelligibly then what they have to say is a lot more important than how they say it.

    Every now and then I think my tendency to obsess over little details does me a disservice.

    Also, I have to remember that if I talk in big words and the rest of the world will not understand me. I figured that out the hard way when I was working in a place with lots of speakers of "English as a Foreign Language". It's kind of like software compliance - some features are not supported by some applications.

    I'll go be a nerd somewhere else now [​IMG]
     
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